TORONTO (JUNE 23, 2009) – KV Racing today announced that Canadian Paul Tracy’s KV Racing Technology car will be sponsored by the Ontario Honda Dealers Association, and will support Wounded Warriors.ca., at the Honda Indy Toronto, July 12, on the streets of Toronto.
Tracy, the 2003 Champ Car World Series champion, is one of the most successful and exciting drivers in the history of open-wheel racing. The native of Scarborough, Ontario, will pilot the #15 Ontario Honda Dealers – Wounded Warriors.ca – KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone machine.
“We are extremely pleased that Paul Tracy will pilot a KV Racing Technology entry with sponsorship from the Ontario Honda Dealers Association in support of Wounded Warriors.ca,” said KVRT co-owner Jimmy Vasser. “Having Paul drive in front of his countrymen with an organization like Wounded Warriors.ca on the sidepods of a KVRT car is an honor and a privilege. I personally want to thank the Ontario Honda Dealers Association for making this possible.”
Brian Tafler of the Ontario Honda Dealers Association said, "To have the Indy return to Toronto, sponsored by Honda, and not have Paul Tracy racing didn’t make sense to us. So we decided to sponsor Paul. When someone brought up the idea of supporting our Canadian troops, the decision to do that was both immediate and unanimous. We have our troops in harm's way in foreign lands. Not all come back unscathed. We wanted to help those in need of numerous forms of assistance. That’s why we decided to join with Wounded Warriors.ca to help bring awareness to their cause and to help raise funds for them during the Honda Indy Toronto race weekend."
Commenting on the support Captain George W. Johnston, president and founder of Wounded Warriors.ca., said, "As a soldier and the father of a soldier I think I can speak for all military members and their families when I say thank you from the bottom of my heart. We see the support for the troops every day and what the Ontario Honda Dealers and their partners have done here today, has made them corporate heroes."
Tracy, whose talent and determination have made him a fan favorite, will be contesting his 17th race in Toronto. In 16 previous starts on the streets of Toronto he has finished in the top-10 a total of 11 times with eight top-five showings, five podium performances, two wins (1993 and 2003) and one pole.
“I want to thank the Ontario Honda Dealers Association, Kevin Kalkhoven and Jimmy Vasser for the opportunity to race in front of my hometown fans,” Tracy said. “I am especially thankful because it is a tremendous honor to represent Wounded Warriors.ca. I am proud to be able to support and raise awareness for this organization that assists Canadian armed forces personnel.”
The Toronto race will be Tracy’s fourth IndyCar start. In May, he competed for KVRT at the Indy 500 finishing ninth. His other IndyCar events were the 2002 Indy 500, where he placed second, and the 2008 Edmonton race, placed fourth. Tracy will also compete in the Camping World Grand Prix at the Glen, July 5, at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York in a tune-up prior to the Honda Indy Toronto race and then Rexall Edmonton Indy on July 26.
Now in his 19th season, Tracy has crafted a career that has established him as one of the top drivers ever to step into the cockpit of an open-wheel car. The resident of Las Vegas is among the top-10 in almost every Champ Car career statistical category including wins, 31 (tied for seventh all-time), poles, 25 (ninth all-time), and laps led, 4,238 (sixth all-time). He has 75 career podium performances, 102 top-five finishes and 142 top-10 showings in 265 starts (262 in Champ Car, tied for eighth all-time and three in IndyCar). In the 15 seasons in which Tracy has competed in over 80% of the races, he has finished in the top-10 in the championship standings 10 times including eight times in the top-five, four in the top-three and captured the championship in 2003.
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About the Ontario Honda Dealers Association:
The Ontario Honda Dealers Association, which was founded in 1989, represents 76 Honda dealers located in 59 communities throughout Ontario which is home to the Honda of Canada Mfg. assembly plants that produce Civic, Canada's number one selling car. The 76 Honda dealerships, which have a proven track record for providing maximum customer satisfaction, employ approximately 3,000 Associates.
About Wounded Warriors.ca:
Wounded Warriors.ca is an independent not-for-profit charity that supports Canadian soldiers wounded overseas. It is primarily a fundraising mechanism that supports existing programs that tend to soldiers. Wounded Warriors.ca recognizes the priority to treat visible and non-visible injuries, like that of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In three years, Wounded Warriors.ca has raised more than $400,000 and as an all-volunteer organization is able to keep its administration costs well below 5 per cent. The health of this fund is a credit to the benevolence of Canadian corporations and citizens alike.
About KV Racing Technology:
KV Racing Technology was established in 2003. The Indianapolis-based team is contesting its seventh open-wheel season and second in the IndyCar Series in 2009. KVRT is owned by successful venture capitalist Kevin Kalkhoven and 1996 Series Champion, Jimmy Vasser. Veteran motorsports manager Mark Johnson is the team's General Manager. KVRT has earned two victories the first by Cristiano da Matta in Portland in 2005 and the second by Will Power at Long Beach in 2008. They have captured two poles, Tristan Gommendy at Mont Tremblant in 2007 and Vasser at Milwaukee in 2005 (Will Power captured the pole at the 2008 Surfers Paradise, Australia exhibition race).
KV Racing has contested five races, making nine starts in Toronto. They have finished in the top-10 a total of three times, with three top-five showing, two podiums and a best finish of second by Vasser in 2004 and Neel Jani in 2007. The team has participated in all four races in Edmonton making eight starts. They have finished in the top-10 a total of three times with two top-five showing and a best finish of fourth by Oriol Servia in 2006.